HD Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer
Sony ST7 Soundbar
Soundbars are soundbars. They can never match the surround audio quality of a true surround wired system. People look to soundbar for good reasons and especially when a wired solution is not an option.
I have had this soundbar for several months now to replace a Yamaha YSP4000 which is also a soundbar with 40 individual speakers. That didn't work for me because I had no walls to properly reflect the sound waves to achieve a good sound image in my living room.
This Sony is as good as it goes where soundbars are concerned. It is well built, attractive and the sound is awesome for a soundbar. Music sounds great also unlike many other soundbars which are hopeless for music. People knock it for its price but it is really unique with all those nice features. Buy a Sonos and you are stuck with that optical connection and no DTS. Costs more also. I compared the two and settled for the Sony. If you want something better, get yourself a wired solution or wait awhile for the next generation of soundbars to satisfy your needs. This Sony unit has set a bar that other manufacturers will soon pay heed to follow. If you wait, you will still never be able to catch up with new technology. You will simply be chasing the ghost of a soundbar you can call perfect for your needs. I am enjoying my movies and my music in the meantime while others wait around. I wanted to give it 41/2 stars instead of 4 that it deserves.
January 20, 2014
Sony almost got it right with its HT-ST7, but almost doesn't quite work when they charge $1,300.00 for a sound system that doesn't deliver as it should. The good points: It look great. It's easy to hook up, and its pass through feature which allows all your components to channel through its sound bar, with only one HDMI cable going to the TV is a sweet feature. The wireless sub-woofer is great. The less cables in back of the system, the better.
The 7.1surround is not surround at all, but stereo, with very little audio giving it a true surround feel. Even the Bose 2-1 system I replaced had more of a surround feel than this. What is it then? It's 7.1 channel, true enough, but not surround as I understand it.
The system comes with a hand remote, but it's features leave a lot to be desired. It has a three step voice function to ostensibly allow for sound adjustments for Voice, but it tells us nothing about what to expect, and quite frankly, it's hard to tell if there is any difference at all. It also has a Sound Mode button, that allows for four different audio mixes: Movie, Music, Football, Standard. Hmmm.
As for overall sound, this system just doesn't quite cut it, sadly. I left my box on the front porch this weekend, and it snowed, gett9ng the box all wet. I don't believe I can return it. I wish I could. I paid too much for too little. The sound is shallow and sounds boxy, not real in any setting. Mid-range seem fine, but its high end is lacking in tweeter quality.
I wish Sony would take it back and refund my money. Maybe the next time Sony will allow average consumers to rate new products first and listen to what consumers have to say before releasing their products to the public. The sound system needs a fix and Sony should fix it, not dig its heels in and admit no error. Sound engineers are not always right. But consumers almost always are.
Having said all that I would indeed buy another Sony system, if its sound system was better. I'm out $1,300.00. Trust me you don't want to make the same mistake. At best this system is average, not worth the steep price.
December 16, 2013
Excellent product if price is not a concern.
I replaced a JBL SB400 soundbar with this and it is worth the extra bucks. See the cons and pros below. Overall I recommend whoever want high quality stuff get this one if price is not a concern.
Very good build quality, heavy and made of high quality material. I replaced my JBL SB400 which is very plastic-y, this one is metal made.
1. Good surround effect, especially playing bluray. Much Much better than SB400
2. Good voice clarity when voice level is selected
3. easy setup, pairing BT, SW is powerful
4. Music is better than I thought
5. Not made in China if anyone cares
1. price is ok considering the build quality, but still pricey
2. hdmi inputs are a bit crowded
3. interference, BT sound skip if wireless router is nearby
4. will block the TV remote sensor if put on tv table, the sound bar is big (50% bigger than JBL SB400). bty IR sensor is included.
5. inputs need to go through a round of selections on the remote. Should include separate buttons.
October 5, 2013
sound quality is amazing.
I just bought one for my birthday gift for myself; This sound bar is amazing sound quality and easy to set up. I would strongly recommend to those who love to enjoy the music or movie theather in their living room.
Nothing can compare with this sound bar and it is worth every dime of it. Believe me.....
October 3, 2013